Storms ripped through the South on Monday morning, killing at least two people in Alabama, injuring more than 100 people and destroying homes. The storms hit just nine months after a tornado outbreak cost the Federal Emergency Management Agency millions of dollars in recovery.


Residents walk around through the debris of their neighborhood after a possible tornado ripped through the Trussville, Ala. (Butch Dill/AP)

The storm struck in the early morning hours of Monday, surprising people in their beds. Storms stretched from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, and struck Alabama with a possible tornado.

At dawn, people picked their way through the rubble, assessing the damage:

Coincidentally, on Monday a panel appointed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to study the April tornados was to present a report in Birmingham on how preparded the state is for another onslaught of storms. However, the meeting had to be rescheduled due to the storms. The panel will recommend a list of 20 items, including better warning systems, more coordination between state agencies and storm shelters, The Birmingham News reports.